SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown stopped in San Diego Tuesday to make a final plea for voters to support Proposition 30, a tax increase to fund public education.
“It’s a very clear message, and the message is money into the schools or money out. This is third grade arithmetic,” the governor said at a rally in front of Perkins Elementary School in Bario Logan
If passed, Proposition 30 will create an education fund by increasing state sales tax a quarter percent from 7.25 percent to 7.5 percent and state income tax for those who earn more than $250,000 a year.
It’s a temporary four-year tax increase on sales revenue and seven-year increase for the income tax hike. It will create a surplus of $6 billion a year that will be placed in an audited transparent education fund.
“Our projections show that prop 30 with normal expected growth will add $2,500 per student for every school in California,” Brown said, adding, “That’s huge!”
Prop 30 opponents say the tax increase will not go toward education.
“If the money goes into education it frees up education money for his high-rail project in the middle of nowhere and pay increases and pensions,” one opponent said.
Lashing back, the governor had strong words for those funding the opposition from Arizona.
“This is not some political game, like those who are against Prop/ 30, the people who put that on are mercenaries. They’re making a lot of money at the expense of California and our school kids,” Brown charged.
If voters don’t pass the measure automatic triggers in the current budget take effect –- something Brown says will be devastating.
“We are on the verge of a balanced budget if we get Prop 30, but that money is for the kids, and God help us if the NO vote wins, because that money will come out (of the budget) as surely as we are standing here,” Brown warned.